WCMJ Extra: The Job Trends Report
For this year, I wanted to try something new, yet old. Back when I first started WCMJ in early, pre-pandemic 2020, I used to include notes about job trends I was seeing.
That habit fell to the wayside, but I still look through the job postings and notice certain trends that I often relay to people who ask. I thought, why not share it here?
This will be a periodic post made when I find particularly interesting trends in the media job postings I’m seeing. Media job trend shifts don’t happen often, but I noticed some last fall that prompted me to consider this idea.
So many jobs are going remote.
A good thing, right? Especially considering the recent Omicron surge. Gone are the days when both LA and SF jobs dominated the newsletter; now, it’s all about the remote roles.
But some roles are listed as hybrid or NYC eventually.
It’s good to see some flexibility, right? There are also some positions that list “remote now, NYC later” — they seem very optimistic about a post-pandemic future somewhere out there…
Bureaus are back.
Seemingly gone are the days when bureaus were closing en masse. Now, outlets like NBC and ABC News are hiring for their LA bureaus.
As for industries, lots of social media & audience roles.
Audience engagement and social media continue to be a growing industry. Lots of roles in this area are popping up.
As for newsrooms…
Lots of new local newsrooms!
A wonderful development! For a long time, we saw the closure of local newsrooms, but they’re coming back and not a moment too soon. I got my start at local newspapers and I really believe that we need local newsrooms now more than ever.